A recently retired 25-year veteran of the U.S. Department of State who served as a refugee coordinator fully supports President Trump’s embattled executive order halting entries from the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.
Mary Doetsch notes in a letter published in the Chicago Tribune, “I don’t think the action goes far enough.”
Doetsch spent nearly eight years working with refugees throughout the Middle East, Africa, Russia and Cuba. During her tenure, she witnessed exploitations, inconsistencies, abuses and fraud in the refugee program, and came up against entrenched interests that quashed every effort to implement reform.
“Despite claims of enhanced vetting, the reality is that it is virtually impossible to vet an individual who has no type of an official record, particularly in countries compromised by terrorism,” Doetsch wrote. “U.S. immigration officials simply rely on the person’s often rehearsed and fabricated ‘testimony.’ I have personally seen this on hundreds of occasions.”
During the past decade, and specifically under the Obama administration, Doetsch saw the Refugee Admissions Program continue to expand blindly, seemingly without concern for security or whether it served the best interests of United States citizens.
“For instance,” Doetsch wrote, “the legally questionable resettlement of refugees from Malta to the United States grew substantially, despite the fact that as a European country with a functioning asylum system, ‘refugees’ should have remained there under the internationally accepted concept of ‘the country of first asylum.’ Similarly, the ‘special’ in-country refugee programs in Cuba and Russia continue, although they are laden with fraud and far too often simply admit economic migrants rather than actual refugees.”
“As an insider who understands its operations, politics and weaknesses,” Doetsch wrote, “I believe the refugee program must change dramatically and the courts must allow the president to fully implement the order.”
H/T: Chicago Tribune
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